Today, let’s dive deeper into the person of the Holy Spirit and your relationship with Him. If you didn’t read part 1 regarding the Holy Spirit, check out the link here. The Holy Spirit comes alongside us to empower us to do the work of God. As a follower of Jesus, we are called to build the kingdom of God on earth.
In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus enters the synagogue, and a scroll is given Him to read. The scroll opens to Isaiah’s prophecy about the Messiah. The text explains how the Holy Spirit will be upon the Messiah and how He will be “anointed” to do the work of God. We cannot do the work of God apart from the anointing. We can do a lot of good works but building God’s kingdom requires the anointing because it’s a spiritual work.
How do we get this anointing to do the work of God?
“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” 1 John 2:27
John isn’t suggesting we don’t need to go to church or hear the Word or study the Bible. He is emphasizing how understanding comes from the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, who is in us, and we must remain with Him.
As the temple of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:19, you have the anointing in you. No matter how talented, skilled, or familiar you are with spiritual responsibilities, you can’t rely on them alone to do the work of God. Every experience is intended to build confidence in God not develop independence from Him.
In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul explains how the Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to Christians. I want to highlight three keywords to help you better understand spiritual gifts and how the Holy Spirit uses them in your life.
Concerning Spiritual Gifts
#1 Charismata is translated as gifts and comes from the root work Charisma, and it means gift of grace, undeserved favor. Pastor Robert Morris writes, “When the Greeks used charisma in a sentence, they weren’t referring to charm or personality. For them, charisma literally meant “grace gift”’ The distribution of spiritual gifts is an act of grace.
Have you ever received a gift you didn’t know what to do with it? Maybe you were given a gift, and it made you wonder why the person thought you would want such a gift? (I’ve been on both sides of that gift.) This is not the case with God. Every spiritual gift from God has an applicable use and purpose. No gift is ever wasted.
#2 Energema is the word translated as activities, and it means to effect, working, that which is done. “Energema” assures us that the spiritual gifts are effective for the task. They accomplish precisely what they were designed to do. When you plug into ministry, the Holy Spirit empowers you with the right gift to complete the work of ministry. “Energema” is also where we get our English word “energy.”
I believe that Holy Spirit will not only supply the ability but give us the energy to do the job. Spiritual work can be twice as exhausting because it involves physical and spiritual energy. The anointing of the Holy Spirit will energize us when we physically don’t feel that we can. This has been my experience!
#3 Everyone. The word “everyone” is translated from the Greek word, “pas” which means, EVERYONE. No one is left out. No one is ignored. No one is overlooked. Those who appear to have all the gifts are not more talented; they make themselves available.
There’s a common misconception about the gifts of the Spirit. Some assume that Johnny is given the gift of healing, Susie is given the gift of faith, and Billy is given the gift of wisdom. Verse 11 says of the Spirit, “who apportions to each one individually, as he wills.”
The Holy Spirit gives gifts to everyone depending on the need, not your titles or experiences. You have access to every spiritual gift because the Holy Spirit lives inside you. If you’re waiting to serve until you know which spiritual gifts you have, let me tell you now, you have all of them! Step up and step out of your comfort zone and build the kingdom of God today!